Bayron Lora
17-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers  Rookie
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The recipient of the third-largest signing bonus ($3.9 million) in the July 2, 2019 international signing class, Lora is already bigger (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) than most big-league sluggers and he won't turn 18 until September. This is not a good thing. The most underrated aspect of scouting 16- and 17-year-olds is accurately predicting how their body will evolve in the coming years. Lora could be close to 300 pounds in his early-20s if he doesn't follow a very regimented diet and cardio plan going forward. Given his size, it's no surprise that power is his top tool. He could be a 40-homer hitter pretty easily if he makes enough contact. That is a big if, however, and that's assuming he keeps his body at a playable weight. Let someone else pay for the pedigree associated with his signing bonus. Instead, take J-2 classmate and teammate Maximo Acosta, who is less heralded but has a higher realistic ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Rangers in August of 2019 that includes a $3.9 million signing bonus.
Gets $4.2 million from Rangers
OFTexas Rangers  R
July 2, 2019
Lora agreed to a $4.2 million deal with the Rangers, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While Lora is ranked as the third-best prospect in this year's July 2 international signing class by MLB.com, there is very little consensus after the top two names (Jasson Dominguez, Robert Puason) -- FanGraphs has Lora ranked as the fifth best prospect in this class. A 6-foot-3, 190-pound corner outfielder from the Dominican Republic, Lora's profile is pretty straightforward. He is a big kid with big raw power and some questions about how much he will strike out in pro ball. Lora is an average runner now, but will slow down in the coming years. He could develop into a cleanup-hitting right fielder if all goes well, but there is a lot of risk, given his size, the fact that he is right-handed, and the questions about his hit tool.
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